Champion Golfer Of The Year
Collin Morikawa erased a two-stroke, 54-hole British Open deficit by shooting a bogey-free, 4-under 66 on Sunday at Royal St. George's Golf Club to win the 149th British Open. Morikawa, 24, won the Claret Jug in his first British Open appearance, just like he did last September when he won the PGA Championship. Morikawa won with a 15-under 265 score.
No Margin For Error
Jordan Spieth, the 2017 British Open, will lament what might have been after finishing runner-up to champion Collin Morikawa at Royal St. George's. Spieth made bogeys at the 17th and 18th holes in Saturday's third round — and that proved to be the winning margin.
Louis Oosthuizen, left, held the 54-hole British Open lead, but that was wiped away by Collin Morikawa on Sunday at Royal St. George's. Morikawa shot a bogey-free 4-under 66 to win his first Claret Jug and second major title. Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, shot a final-round 71 to finish T3. Oosthuizen's finish came after runner-up finishes at the PGA Championship and U.S. Open earlier this year.
A Spirited Finish
An opening-round 71 put Jon Rahm behind the proverbial 8-ball, seven strokes behind leader Louis Oosthuizen. Rahm, who won the U.S. Open last month at Torrey Pines, found his mojo at Royal St. George's by shooting rounds of 64-68-66 to finish T3 at 11 under.
One To Remember
Dylan Frittelli's track record in majors has been less than stellar. In 13 previous major starts, Frittelli totaled seven missed cuts. His best finish was a T5 at the 2020 Masters in November. At Royal St. George's this week, Frittelli kept his name up among the marquee names and ultimately finished solo fifth.
A Gentle Reminder
Proof that the pandemic still lingers, European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington signs autographs for a British Open fan. Harrington, who won the 2007 and 2008 British Opens, played Royal St. George's in 4-over 284 and finished 72nd.
The Reign Ends
Because of COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 British Open, Shane Lowry was able to hold the Claret Jug for two years. Lowry opened with a 71, then posted three straight sub-70 rounds to finish at 6-under 274 for the 149th championship.
Foul weather — rain, blustery winds — is a trademark of the British Open, but not this week. England's Jack Senior begins his final-round walk amid sunshine and a light breeze that was the norm since play began on Thursday.